HBA: London plan is encouraging for SME house builders

The New London Plan, announced by Mayor Sadiq Khan on 29 November, takes a realistic approach to development and supports high-quality design as a method of building the communities of tomorrow. A focus on small sites, mixed use opportunities, public... View Article

The London Plan – BLP Insurance responds to housing proposals

Following today’s publication of Mayor Sadiq Khan’s draft London Plan, Kim Vernau, Chief Executive Officer, BLP Insurance, comments on the key developments which could mark a real step change in addressing London’s housing crisis: “The scope and level of support... View Article

LCC: Stamp duty removed from ALL affordable homes

In response to yesterday’s budget regarding the removal of stamp duty for most first time buyers Low Carbon Construction has responded with a pledge to take on the stamp duty of ALL the affordable homes that they build, with a... View Article

NFB to Hammond: SMEs can get Britain building

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Philip Hammond pledged to use the Autumn Budget to announce plans that will help Britain build 300,000 new homes a year. The chancellor of the Exchequer revealed that additional investment, as well as... View Article

LGA responds to Government housing announcement

Responding to the housing announcement by DCLG which proposes to take housing associations’ debt off the balance sheet, Cllr Martin Tett, the Local Government Association’s Housing spokesman, said: “It is vital that the Government also lifts the cap on the... View Article

The Jekyll and Hyde effect of Help to Buy on house prices

Murray Smith, managing director of SiteSales Property Group, a leading residential property sales and development consultancy in London and the South East, commenting on the results of the Nationwide House Price Index, said: “’The latest data from Nationwide says little different than... View Article

Comment: The government will borrow to invest in new homes

Following Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid’s recent comments that the government will borrow to invest in new homes. Steve Mansour, CEO of CRL has responded: “Sajid Javid’s aspiration to see 300,000 new homes a year built is encouraging, but it’s vital that the government doesn’t set... View Article